Crime Stoppers reward offered 3 years after brutal stabbing death

Mother of Eleanor Rodriguez, 43, pleads for information

SAN ANTONIO – Almost three years to the day since her brutal stabbing death on May 17, 2013, Crime Stoppers is again offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to whoever killed Eleanor Rodriguez, 43, in her Westside duplex.

“From the bottom of my heart, I’m asking anybody to help me find who did this to my daughter,” said Gloria Rodriguez, the victim’s mother.

San Antonio police said at the time it appeared someone had broken in, then repeatedly stabbed Rodriguez’s youngest daughter, more than 30 times, according to her family.

Her mother said a wig had to be placed on her daughter’s head for the viewing.

“She couldn’t wear nothing but long sleeves and her dress up to her neck because she was stabbed to death,” Rodriguez said.

Now in her 80s the victim’s mother said her time is running out.

“I’m getting older and older and I would like to know who did it before the Lord takes me,” she said.

Police have not said anything about a possible motive or suspect, but they said the murder was not a random act. Even her family said Rodriguez knew her killer, but she died on the way to the hospital before she could say who was responsible.

“I just don’t want the person that killed my sister to be walking the streets like they did nothing wrong,” said Vivian Rodriguez, who described her sister as a kind, loving and generous woman.  

Her family who gathered on the front porch of their mother’s home, said they’re still grateful to the neighbor walking her child to school, who alerted police. Police said she called 911 after seeing Rodriguez collapse, bleeding in her front yard next to a mailbox.

“I have a candle I light for her every day, day and night, day and night,” Rodriguez’s mother said.

To be eligible for the $5,000 Crime Stoppers reward, the public is urged to call 224-STOP with any information that could lead to an arrest.